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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Notting Hill (1999), PG-13
CAP Score: 59, CAP ID: 0.73

Thomas A. Carder
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"Notting Hill" (PG-13, 1999) This is a truly great love story of rare depth and projection made dirty by all the usual trash. What a shame!

Set in Notting Hill, London England, Julia Roberts, an immensely successful and beautiful actress and Hugh Grant, a travel bookstore nobody shared a chemistry and talent that few could project in such a gentle way. Several common theatrical devices were used but in such a way to make this a continuous tragedy/comedy. While Julia projected well the schizophrenia of an internationally famous actress easily given to rage because of being forced into an uncomfortable lifestyle of intense and sometimes vulgar pressures, her opposite, Hugh Grant projected stability for which she hungered. A really great movie. But the useless trash filtered into it. And NONE of it was necessary! NONE of it improved anything!

The most severe loss of points in "Notting Hill" occurred in Sex/Homosexuality: homosexual suggestion, a most vulgar "T" shirt, masked sexual intercourse (covered by sheets) with detailed dialogue and maneuvers, actors/actresses viewing each other nude, and a vulgar display in briefs among several other sexual matters were most disappointing. Next in loss of points was Offense to God due to the use of God's name in vain repeatedly and for a less-than-admirable character thanking God for a nude woman in his bathtub. After Offense to God was Impudence/Hate which lost more than half the starting 100 points due mainly to repeated use of the three/four letter word vocabulary. While Drugs/Alcohol lost some points to drinking and drunkenness, Wanton Violence/Crime lost points only to gore on a "T" shirt and to theft. There were no murders nor suicides.

For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Notting Hill (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below are likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • gore on a "T" shirt
  • theft

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • one use of the most foul of foul words on a "T" shirt for an exceptionally vulgar statement
  • 18 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lies to deflect accountability
  • reckless driving for love

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • homosexual suggestion
  • adult underwear, once with the man handling himself
  • sex "T" shirt
  • sexual anatomy comments, innuendo, insults, and references
  • a scene of exposing a male glutemous fissure
  • many, many suggestive eye movements
  • adult in bath towel only
  • lusting after porno pictures
  • a woman in a bathtub with a man watching her
  • talk of past sexual encounters/conquests
  • masked sexual intercourse (covered by sheets) with detailed dialogue and maneuvers
  • partial male nudity during vulgar display

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • beer, wine
  • drinking and drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • a man thanking God for the woman in his bathtub
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 18 uses without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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